Modjeska and Silverado Canyons and the 2007 Santiago Fire


Canyon residents

Vickie and Robert Scheibel


OH 4156  
Narrators Vickie and Robert (Bob) Scheibel
Interviewer Volker Janssen
Date July 12, 2008
Language English
Location Modjeska Canyon, Orange County, California
Project 2007 Santiago Fire
Format(s) Audio; Video; Final Transcript (52 pp.)
Other Field Notes; Photographs
Abstract An oral history with Bob and Vicki Scheibel of Modjeska Canyon, both long-time residents of Orange County, California. This interview was conducted for the Center for Oral and Public History and Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary about the Santiago fire in Modjeska Canyon in October 2007. The purpose of this interview was to gather information about the Scheibel's personal experiences in the natural environment and rural community of Modjeska and their mutual firefighting experience during the Santiago fire. The conversation in particular focuses on growing up in post-war suburban Orange County, Whittier and Long Beach; camping and fishing in California and Colorado; Bob Scheibel's time at UC Berkeley in the 1960s; getting married in the canyon; moving to the canyon, 1989; life as "soccer mom" in the canyon; the children's animal husbandry; pre-canyon life in suburban "N-Irvin-ana"; cycling in the canyon; canyon community and the hick stereotype outside; early participation with volunteer firefighters; women as firefighters; home life in the canyon; experiences as first responders in the canyon area; Bob Scheibel's work as structural engineer with Urban Search and Rescue, and his assignment during September 11, 2001; community events on fire preparedness; the threat of drought and season; fire risks for new developments; matching state fire resources with local knowledge; Santiago fire: evacuating home and work on the strike team; Camp Silverado; battle for the canyon; headquarters at Fire Station 16; Halloween reunion; coping with the neighbors' loss; and the spring mudslides.
Video Parts 1-3 (watch online - coming soon!)
Audio Part 1 (download.mp3)
Part 2 (download.mp3)
Transcript Text (download.pdfPDF File)

This project is made possible, in part, by a grant from the California Council for the Humanities. The Council is an independent non-profit organization and a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information on the Council, visit www.calhum.org.